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  • I remade few days ago my own fan chronicle antagonist - Fear of Scales - as Geryo, as I think it's more fitting. If anyone is interested how it would like - here it is. If want to comment - do it in the original thread.

    Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
    Here is Fear of Scales as Geryo. I still need to imagine World Shaking effect for it.

    Fear of Scales as Geryo
    Geryo are First Children of Father Wolf. First mightiest predators that Urfarah unleashed on world of Pangea. Imperfect, flawed, unstable. Locked in Border Marches by their parent, left to die in new created Gauntlet. And Fear of Scales is probably first of them all. Scion of Wolf and Snake.

    When first Homo Sapiens found first great reptile in darkness, Fear of Scales was there. When man uncovered first dinosaur bones, telling stories of those impossible beasts – Fear of Scales was there. It was there, in darkness, waiting to slay new brave man to feed by their dedication. And it’s waiting to this day. Releasing from its Gauntlet Lair by centuries apart, it hunts.

    Fear survived this long by two things – death and rebirth. Like a Snake it is spawn of, it ‘shed the skin’ and change itself, physically and metaphorically. Each time humans change their stories about mythical reptiles most of us known as dragons – it’s Fear in its new form, feeding from stories of mortals. Can you really kill the story?

    The Pray

    Fear of Scales is a creature of myths. Of stories. Like a literal dragon it is, it’s main purpose is to test and defeat those that are destined to greatness. ‘Heroes’, as myths like to call them. It is not only to kill the would-be champion – but to test it, hare him, break him – and then kill him, before he become the savior of community, in his final decision. At least, that was from the time immemorial.

    With death of Father Wolf and creation of Gauntlet that become it’s home – Fear has changed. It evolved. With death of Urfarah, it’s natural role was broken. Era of true beasts and heroes is past. Only some petty humans and pesky werewolves. Fear evolved with the times it lived in. It started to look for next champions to be defeated and devoured, but cannot found any. So it’s started to create them itself.

    When Sacred Hunt is calling Fear, it looks into ‘River of Fate’ and sense if someone has great destiny on itself. Someone who will become hero in near future – firefighter that by bravely will save family from burning building. Policeman that will stop murderer on duty. Attorney that will save the life of young child by pressing the charges. People that will achieve real good in future. And then Fear is hunting them, stealing their great future – and changing it to be struggle with ancient reptile monster. When the narrative of their life really change – Fear is reaping both the Essence of this struggle and meat of his hero-victim.

    Most will not survive more than one, two meetings with Fear. Like a cat playing with mouse, Fear feel it’s not enough. So between calls of Siskur-Dah, it creates problems for future heroes to solve. Devouring corpses, poisoning the wells and lakes, stealing virgins – actions that will create chaos and make to act to solve them. In coming millennia, more and more Fear is dedicated to sowing the chaos than direct hunting people. Still, good meal is needed to have energy to plot next conspiracy – or something like that.

    Uratha here are twice good candidates for the ‘heroes’ Fear looks to devour. For one, they are race of scions from greatest predator and goddess of nearest sky planet. They are superb hunters. And Fate, in some weird coincidence, is favoring them as actors in greatest of universe plays. ‘Children of two primordial parents, star crossed, one of that their children killed.’ It’s almost like Greek tragedy. If you find promising werewolf, it can easily become ‘hero’ Geryo need. Best are those that are blessed by Luna with some unfathomed destiny.

    Second, makes Uratha so delicious meal, is that they are ‘correct’ children of Urfarah. Fear was mistake in Father Wolf eyes. Werewolves are lucky ones, the beloved ones, the ones who came after and were considered complete. However, while killing Uratha is an indulgent pleasure, it is the slow dwindle, the cruel defeat, that truly satisfy Fear. It prefers to bring a werewolf low, to mire the prey in his own failings and slowly tear away the foundations of his world, then leave him to despair amid the wreckage — possibly infected with the Geryo strain.

    When not actively on the Hunt, Fear is in it’s Lair in Gauntlet Realm, rarely staying longer in similar small Lairs in Flesh or Spirit, however its hunting or planning to flush up. Lesser Lairs are its Spawn and local Heralds meeting places for plotting and kidnaping would-be heroes or their ‘saved ones’.

    Servants

    Being mythical Dragon, Fear of Scales likes to use his own Spawn as lesser minions. To represent the story it’s created in each iteration, it choose human or werewolf Herald that plays a role of ‘sole survivor of Dragon’s attack’ in alarming next community First want to test. Fear then consumes generated Essence by the doubt this news makes in community.

    Description

    Fear of Scales do not hides it nature when confronted. It’s assume the most popular image of dragon in particular times – in the end, stories of its terrible deeds are sustaining it by eons now - but it’s always reptilian horror being, sending fear in the hearts of human and werewolves. In Vikings Era it could resemble mythical Nidhogg – this form is a long, serpentine being gliding in the air that spread acid on the ground and have taste for human corpses. In high Middle Ages, it can be classical foul reptilian beast of Saint George - with scales and great wings. Only real common points are its size – about of great plane – and it’s reptilian features.

    Fear can shapechange body parts of it into lesser beings – like one of four legs or his heads – and send them as his avatars, in physical disguise. However, most of the time it much more like to choose it’s Heralds and his Spawn as much more suited to long term infiltration missions than real parts of itself.

    Killing Form

    All First can assume Killing Form, Gauru equivalent for Geryo, often with multiple limbs or body parts. Fear is very simple in it’s Form – it has three heads and great wings. Legends say that each head is looking into other realm – Flesh, Shadow and Gauntlet.



    Rumors

    Some rumors points that Geryo Orocheiros ( see Shunned by the Moon ) is latest incarnation of Fear of Scales. Others that they are simply related by common parentage.

    Stats

    Fear of Scales
    Rank: 5
    Blood: Sadistic
    Bone: Testing
    Attributes: Power 15, Finesse 14, Resistance 13
    Willpower: 10
    Essence: 50
    Initiative: 27
    Defense: 14
    Speed: 29
    Size: 30
    Corpus: 43 (73)
    World Shaking: ???
    Gifts: (Death) All; (Dominance) All; (Hunger) All; (Insight) All; (Weather) All
    Dread Powers: Burrow, Colossus, Dragonfire, Forge Servant (Herald, Spawn)
    Ban: Fear of Scales must follow the taboo of the story it now recreates with its victim. Most often it’s need to eat people willingly sacrificing for others. Fear then need to leave this community for at least year and one day.
    Bane: The bones of a human who possessed an Integrity rating of 10 when they died. In medieval times, this person would be called saint.

    New Dread Power - Dragonfire
    (Based on the same called Atavism from Beast: The Primodrial )
    First can blast area with gouts of fire. This counts as a ranged area attack on his Rank radius circle and requires a roll of Geryo’s Power + Finesse. Beings in area can use Dodge action to counter this if they do not use any action in this turn. Damage from blast is Aggravated and adds First’s Rank as a weapon modifier. Flammable materials ignite on contact, turning the area into a raging inferno if it is not contained quickly. Then again, that may be the point. Dragonfire ignores Durability equal to the Geryo’s Rank dots. Furthermore, fire causes no damage to First, and it never suffers environmental penalties or damage caused by heat and smoke, which are like clear air to it.

    Alternative Dread Power – Colossus
    If possible use of Storypath corebooks, instead of adding extra Size Health and modifying Armour for being, assume that Colossus being has Scale equal to its Rank and normal people have Scale 1. Uratha in Gauru and similar changers have Scale rise up by 1, so Scale 2 to comparison.


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    • The more I think about it, the Crazy Rumor Guy for the Void Spirits’ has a point: what DID Luna do with Gaia’s hateful little shits( Or uncommonly, planetary angels)?

      Now the instant gratification part of my brain wants to go: MAKE THE GM ANGELS GAIAS ANGELS DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT

      But the thinking part of my brain has come up with a theory: what if the Idigam were once Gaia’s servants, but Luna/ Helios/ The God-Machine/ Exarches put her into Slumber, and that in turn the proto Idigam lost connection to their progenitor/ analogue, thus they devolved into formless chaos — ripe to be hunted down and imprisoned?

      I’ll admit it’s not very plausible, but Tons of entities that break conventions when it comes to What spirits are and are not capable of doing, so so I think it would be an interesting possibility.
      Last edited by Korogra; 07-30-2019, 02:47 PM.

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      • Originally posted by Malus View Post


        2) The Khorne of CofD would be Asmodai who wants blood for blood's sake, Thurifuge is the Architect of Violence. The one who feeds from institutionalized violence, the one who feed from the engineering act that was the so called Final Solution, or the infrastructure put forward in the prosecution of wars.
        To be more specific, Asmodai is the Queen of Wrath, but it needn’t be just spur of the moment bloodshed. Oh no, ice cold revenge and elaborate plots to get back at those who have hurt you are just as good to Her.

        And despite his Title, Thurifuge is actually far more fond of sporadic, aimless violence than institutionalized conflict; it empowers him far more regularly than warfare. Remember, all violence is under His purview. While he still greatly enjoys warfare and the pain it brings, there’s really nothing like the Essence produced by the jaded rich brat who sets a homeless man on Fire because he felt like he could. That’s something to be encouraged and propagated in Thurifuge’s eyes. Bloody or not, grandly conducted genocide or a minor spur of the moment decision to kick a guy you dislike in the nuts and then curb stomp him into unconsciousness; Thurifuge cherishes it all.

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        • Originally posted by Korogra View Post
          But the thinking part of my brain has come up with a theory: what if the Idigam were once Gaia’s servants, but Luna/ Helios/ The God-Machine/ Exarches put her into Slumber, and that in turn the proto Idigam lost connection to their progenitor/ analogue, thus they devolved into formless chaos — ripe to be hunted down and imprisoned?
          I've also thought about that options, considering the fact that a) as the idigam do not lose Essence in the Shadow (unlike regular spirits) they seem to be more naturally tuned to Hisil, hinting about them being its "original inhabitants" and b) that following Chris Allens' writeup for "spirit nobles" and the similarity between their capabilities and the idigam's natural abilities (that is, their common ability to influence/ shape their surroundings and servants), making them possibly the "original nobility" of the Shadow. And considering that Gaia may very well be Earth's Shadow, having such strong connection to Hisil means a similarly strong connection to Gaia- so they may very well be Gaia's original "planetary angels"... other from the fact that following the only idigam example in Sundered World, and the Earthbound which have never been banished from the world, it doesn't seem like being detached from Gaia caused their devolution (unless you consider Gaia being asleep as enough detachment to cause them to turn formless- and them I must ask about the awakening state of Mars, Uranus, Pluto and other stellar spirits).

          Another possibility for "Gaia's angels" could be the pangaean of course (Pangaea, Gaea/Gaia, close enough)... or, of course, the actual spirits we all know. I mean, what are the spirits of Hisil of not the actual spirits of Earth's Shadow and its inhabitants?.. except of the fact that, like I said above, spirits do not seem to have a strong connection to Hisil like other Ephemerals have with their realms (ghosts excluded, but that's part of the point). I mean, if the Spirits of the Shadow are not Gaia's angels and emanations- then what in the name of Urfarah are they?

          (yeah, I understand that it likely involves humans in some way, see ghosts as reference, but how and why?)


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          • Elaborate revenge, the successful examples of, are engineered. Ergo, Thurifuge.

            That brat who set the homeless man on fire? There's nothing random about it. Accelerants were produced, sold and bought for that express purpose. But I digress. Check out Lore of the Forsaken or Blasphemies if you want to disagree with me further. The one who skewed the system to allow for such disparities in the first place.

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            • Originally posted by Malus View Post
              Elaborate revenge, the successful examples of, are engineered. Ergo, Thurifuge.

              That brat who set the homeless man on fire? There's nothing random about it. Accelerants were produced, sold and bought for that express purpose. But I digress. Check out Lore of the Forsaken or Blasphemies if you want to disagree with me further. The one who skewed the system to allow for such disparities in the first place.
              Considering that Lore of the Forsaken was what I was referencing, not sure why you think I’m disagreeing with you. Merely pointing out that he is is the Maeljin of Violence in its entirety, and is empowered by more than pre meditated murder. He can be fed through animals preying on each other after all, human malice just grants him greater power.

              Don’t forget, the other Maeljin inadvertently grant him power through their own schemes more often than not too, and He takes all the credit like the jerk that he rightfully is xD.
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              • I got my hardcopy, nice sized book, and its so worth it. Thanks everyone involved!
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                • Originally posted by LostLight View Post
                  I've also thought about that options, considering the fact that a) as the idigam do not lose Essence in the Shadow (unlike regular spirits) they seem to be more naturally tuned to Hisil, hinting about them being its "original inhabitants" and b) that following Chris Allens' writeup for "spirit nobles" and the similarity between their capabilities and the idigam's natural abilities (that is, their common ability to influence/ shape their surroundings and servants), making them possibly the "original nobility" of the Shadow. And considering that Gaia may very well be Earth's Shadow, having such strong connection to Hisil means a similarly strong connection to Gaia- so they may very well be Gaia's original "planetary angels"... other from the fact that following the only idigam example in Sundered World, and the Earthbound which have never been banished from the world, it doesn't seem like being detached from Gaia caused their devolution (unless you consider Gaia being asleep as enough detachment to cause them to turn formless- and them I must ask about the awakening state of Mars, Uranus, Pluto and other stellar spirits).

                  Another possibility for "Gaia's angels" could be the pangaean of course (Pangaea, Gaea/Gaia, close enough)... or, of course, the actual spirits we all know. I mean, what are the spirits of Hisil of not the actual spirits of Earth's Shadow and its inhabitants?.. except of the fact that, like I said above, spirits do not seem to have a strong connection to Hisil like other Ephemerals have with their realms (ghosts excluded, but that's part of the point). I mean, if the Spirits of the Shadow are not Gaia's angels and emanations- then what in the name of Urfarah are they?

                  (yeah, I understand that it likely involves humans in some way, see ghosts as reference, but how and why?)

                  First... GM = Gaia Machine. *runs away cackling!*

                  Ehem. Ok, now that that's done, let's speculate:

                  The Hisil contains the spiritual reflection of living things, or of concepts that are given reality by living things. These living things includes plants and animals, which do not have souls and as such their spiritual reflections reside in the Hisil. Humanity does have souls (for whatever reason) and as such the spirits of humans don't go far and effectively "claim" human flesh. (Thus a human claimed by another spirit is effectively a magath, explaining why they look/act so warped.)

                  But we can't say that living things explains the Hisil, because there are demonstrably spirits present from places that are not "alive" in a traditional sense. Thus the equation is flipped: that which has spirit (not "a spirit) is alive, and the observed deadness of the world when separated from the Hisil is explained.

                  Gaia itself may be defined as the Earth's planetary spirit, which would be a presence in the Hisil except that she is sleeping. Thus we cannot say that Gaia IS the Earth's shadow, but could say that the Earth is alive because it has a spiritual reflection in a (slumbering) Gaia.

                  Postulate: Gaia was put to sleep because if she had stayed awake no other, more complex life could have taken root--it would have been consumed immediately, as that is the nature of the Hisil itself. Further, the "putting to sleep" was orchestrated by Helios with the help of Theia/Luna. Luna is the Warden Moon, but it's not there to ward the Earth from the rest of the solar system, it's there to pin Gaia into the universe's longest nap, a cosmic jailor of an entity that would destroy the complex panalopy of life she and Helios have enabled.

                  Now thing is, Luna gets farther from Gaia every year, and the very act that knocked Gaia into sleep left so much of Theia lost inside her--and so much of Gaia lost inside Theia--that both could be called planetary Magath. "Luna" has never been quite right since....

                  If this is sufficiently correct, and the Idigam are Gaia's planetary angels, then it could explain why they went to sleep on Luna instead of, oh, being devoured by her?


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